The Trestles Rock Climbing
BETA PHOTO: View of the third trestle from the 2nd trestle.
The Trestles are three old train trestles which used to have a train running over them before a fire destroyed the tracks in the early to mid 1900s. They tore the tracks down and rebuilt them nearby. Years later, somebody enthusiastic about climbing came by and bought the land that the trestles sit on and opened them to climbing. There are three trestles, all of which are bolted. If you're dying to get outside but don't have the money or motivation to go someplace good, this is a good place to go to help build the motivation to save your money and go some place better. This area is also good for getting comfortable leading outside since it's low-angle, easy clips. However, there is sometimes a good distance between clips (about 10 ft.), meaning you may need have a good head about you. The climbs are on sandstone blocks cut relatively square and stacked together with mortar at about an 80 degree angle. The top ~10ft. are red bricks. Due to the nature of their intension (bridge supports), they are of different hights as you go from the road to the river. Watch for ticks in this area. Depending on the season, you may also get to see some very interesting species of arachnid who make this their home.
Take Highway 221/Forest Rd. towards Bedford. When you see the Goode Post Office, slam on your brakes and make the LEFT turn onto Goode Station Rd. right before the BP station. Follow this road and as it bends left and take the RIGHT in the middle of the bend onto Goode Rd. This quickly makes a 90 degree right turn followed by a 90 degree left turn and onto a wooden bridge. Take the first RIGHT after the bridge (Perennial Ln). This dirt road winds down past some houses and dead ends at a turn around/parking area. Technically, you could continue driving, but it's a 4WD (high clearance) road after the parking area. Hike down this 4WD road for about .7 miles and when the road bends right, continue straight to the first trestle and some stairs.
Climbing Season For the Roanoke/New River/Blacksburg area.
Weather station 5.3 miles from here
11 Total Climbing Routes
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Featured Route For The Trestles
Ice Dreams 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a VA
: Roanoke/New River/Blacksbur...
: ... : 2nd (Main) Trestle
One of the most enjoyable routes at the Trestles. Relatively easy climbing up relatively clean holds. Though there's a hangar missing where the third bolt should be, the runout isn't that scary because you're on good holds. It's pretty consistent 10a with no definitive crux that I noticed. Just stay to the right of the bolts and enjoy the climbing to the top!...[more] Browse More Classics in VA
BETA PHOTO: UPDATE: Here's what the parking area looks like no...
BETA PHOTO: Park where the car is and walk down the un-gated r...
BETA PHOTO: An overview of the Trestles and where each climb i...
BETA PHOTO: The yellow line indicates the property line. Do no...
BETA PHOTO: Here's a close-up of the new gate with the no tres...
By Shawn Heath
From: Forchheim, Germany
Sep 11, 2010
Access has been touchy in the past, so please park only in the parking lot, lock your car, and hike only down the designated path. Discourage other non-climbers from being there and pick up trash when you see it. Neighboring property owners have been known to involve the sheriff in trespassing disputes. Please be respectful and keep a low profile.
By Lauren Kanipe
Jan 5, 2013
Just went yesterday to try and climb here and there have been a couple of changes since the last photos were added. The service road is now blocked by a gate (you can still physically walk down it) and there are no trespassing signs posted everywhere. I'm not sure if the owner of the property has changed or if the neighbors are just trying to deter folks from going near their property, so if anyone has more info please share!
By Corey Messer
Mar 25, 2015
Hey everyone! My friends and I have climbed at the trestles this year and last year. If you park by the gate the owner will get mad. We've never met him but he leaves sticky notes on our car. So in light of that today we drove to the trestles from the other side of the river and parked underneath the train bridge and walked down to trestle three. There's a road that follows the train tracks and will go underneath the bridge and that is where we parked.
Coming to the trestles this way avoids the grumpy guy and makes access even easier.